Learn to Drive Syllabus: Neighborhood

(A belated followup to Part 1.) Neighborhood Practice: 25mph streets Goals: Back out of and pull into our driveway. Complete point-to-point drives in a gentle environment, build good habits – speed control, scanning, and learning to recognize potential issues. Two-way communication with parental unit in right seat. For example, when I say stop, you need to stop right away. Otherwise, […]

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Zucchini-Carrot waffles

This can also be made in a waffle maker. Ingredients: 3 zucchini, grated 2 carrots, peeled and grated 2t salt 3 eggs 1/2C flour 1t baking powder 1/2C feta 1T olive oil 3 chives, chopped (or use 1t dried leeks) 1/2 t dried dill butter (for frying) sour cream (optional topping) Place grated zucchini and carrots into a colander. Salt. […]

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EuroVision

(Header Image: Go_A – Ukraine – 2021 Eurovision Grand Final, Photo by EBU / Thomas Hanses) Last year, Meryl got us watching EuroVision, a music contest where finalists from each country in Europe + Australia compete. It is quite the spectacle with candidate videos dropping early in the year. Because of the large number of participants, semi-finals are held over […]

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Severance

(Header image: Funplings) With the pandemic, and terrible weather, I’ve been watching a lot of TV. I recently completed Severance, on Apple TV. Hoo-boy, this was amazing enough that I’ve rewatched it a few more times. Beautiful cinematography, compelling story, well-acted, and just enough realism to make it spooky. Five stars. Really looking forward to the next season. I love […]

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Colonoscopy II

Because I had a polyp last time, I was due for a followup at 5- instead of 10-years. Today that happened. <tl;dr> no polyps, am now on a 10-year follow-up.</tl;dr>. Most of what I wrote up in 2017 is identical, so I’ll just note the differences I want to be aware of next time I need to know. Preparation: I […]

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Chicago-Style Pizza

I made Chicago-style pizzas using the King Arthur Baking recipe. It’s a keeper. I was meticulous in weighing everything for the crust. Dough: 482g all-purpose flour 35g cornmeal 11g Kosher salt 8g instant yeast 25g vegetable oil (I used the “light” olive oil Costco sells) 25g olive oil (I used the “premium California” olive oil Costco sells; it appears more […]

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Bullitt Fireplace

The first official CHS hike was the Bullitt Fireplace Loop on Squak Mountain. It’s east of my prior two hikes: The route is similar to a reverse of this loop: Cougar-Squak corridor to the Fireplace, direct to the microwave towers, then Old Griz to Eastside Traverse and back down. Although this hike was labeled “easy,” the last 0.4 miles up […]

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